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New app connects chambers across Alberta

The Alberta Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce to release an app that makes it easier for business chambers across the province to connect.

Jennifer McCurdy, president of the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce, says the app is currently in a ‘pilot project’ phase.

“We’re trying it, we’ll be giving them feedback on what works, what doesn’t work, frustrations,” she says. “And then it will be launched in the summer.”

Through the app chamber members can view other business chambers across the province. It provides information on discounts at different businesses across Alberta, access to different business directories and information on upcoming events.

There are currently six Alberta business chambers participating in the pilot project, which ends in June. Once the pilot phase is complete the app, called Connector Lists, will be open to chambers across Alberta.

McCurdy says eventually another app will be available for non-members, which would list business directories of participating chambers across the province.

“A lot of people come to our website, because they feel like if you’re a member of the chamber, you have a bit more credibility. So we get a lot of traffic into our website,” she says.

With 100 chamber members in St. Albert signed up on the app, St. Albert has the most people signed up out of all the participating chambers, said Roberta Pawluk, member services sales associate at the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce.

“I see this as a great value to all our members,” she says. “It’s a great way for members to connect with each other and see what events are happening.”

She says the app also works as a networking tool. Through the app, chamber members across the province will also have access to each other’s information.

“It’s going to be huge once it all gets out there. There’s still a lot of bugs in it, but once it’s figured out it’s going to be great,” Pawluk says.

The app was designed as a solution to help chambers connect across the province, something that has been an issue in previous years.

Currently member-to-member discounts are only available within a town or city’s own chamber of commerce.

McCurdy says discounts to attend the chamber’s breakfast and luncheons are offered as a courtesy to members visiting from other areas.

But soon member discounts will be available at participating business chambers across Alberta.

Connector Lists is available for chamber members in the app store. Pawluk will then get a notification and will manually approve or reject requests to join, as a way to ensure only members are able to use the service.

For more information about the app call the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce at 780-458-2833.

Dayla Lahring: Dayla Lahring joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2017. She writes about business, health, general news and features. She also contributes photographs.